• Is the fatigue you experience from rads similar or different than chemo?

    Asked by Loafer on Friday, January 18, 2013

    Is the fatigue you experience from rads similar or different than chemo?

    I have achy legs and arms from chemo which makes me exhausted. Not sure what fatigue symptoms you experience from rads.

    5 Answers from the Community

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    • nancyjac's Avatar

      The only difference I felt was in degree and duration. Chemo caused more fatigue for a longer time than radiation did.

      almost 5 years ago
    • Nellie's Avatar

      The first week of rads I had some exhaustion, but after that I was fine. Rads was better than chemo for me. Goodluck!!!!

      almost 5 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar

      By the time my course of radiation was over I felt like a zombie - 5 days a week for 6 weeks is a long time. But within a month it was gone. Chemo is more of a roller coaster, but over all on a scale of 1-10 1 being no energy and 10 being my perky self I am 1-2 starting 24 hours after my infusion, this period last for 24-48 hours and then slowly work my way up to 5, 6, or 7 depending where in my cycle I am When I missed two infusions in a row due to low platelets I got up to an 8.

      almost 5 years ago
    • Debbie's Avatar

      Loafer-I have had 19 of 30 rad treatments. I'm tired but believe it's more chemo recovery versus rads. The skin urns are killer tho'.....

      almost 5 years ago
    • packerbacker's Avatar

      I felt fatigue with both treatments, I used to say the rads made me more tired, but I think the chemo makes me more tired, Get plenty of rest! Best of luck to you!

      almost 5 years ago

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